Many people ask when I mention it. Just a brief outline
Traditionally, the game was played by agricultural workers and it was unlikely that many could read or write, thus it is equally unlikely that there are any written records.
The Old Beverlie stills has a team to this day!
Predominantly male dominated.
Max 5½” across and 18” long
Max size of flap is 5” square with 2¼” black spot
2.5 inch lacrosse ball.
Same size as a cricket pitch 21yds x 13’6”. Posts 7’6” tall.
CDBT League bowl-off if match not completed by 22:00 hrs due to majority of teams playing within communal areas; SDBT League slightly more relaxed as conditions are more rural;
Sevenoaks and Distric Bat & Trap League - Kieran Murray
Bat & TrapBat & Trap
Sevenoaks & District Bat & Trap League
Earliest records date back to the 14th
century in a monastery in
Forerunner to cricket;
Revived at the end of the 1914-18 war as it was seen as healthy
therapy for the limbless ex-servicemen unable to play cricket;
First recorded “International” was played between the French
and British troops on the eve of the advance at Passchendaele
in August 1917 with no players surviving the battle;
The popularity of mainstream sports such as Football, Rugby &
Cricket caused a decline , however, it remained popular in a
handful of public houses in Kent;
In 1951, it became the 1st sports organisation to require its
member clubs to have floodlights (4 years before our national
Predominantly played in Kent with a number of league’s still in
Site of the monastery whereSite of the monastery where
early records ofearly records of
Bat & TrapBat & Trap
were foundwere found
now occupied by
The Old Beverlie Pub
The RulesThe Rules
Teams comprise of either 6 or 8 players on each side
dependent upon the specific League;
Each team member bats and bowls in order;
Batter commence s innings by directing the ball between the
two white posts at the end of the pitch, however, is deemed out
if the ball doesn’t bounce at least once before going through
the posts or if the Batter misses the ball;
Bowler bowls the ball under arm towards the trap and the
Batter is deemed out if the Bowler hits the trap else the Batter
gains 1 “run” and the process continues;
Matches are made up of the best of three legs;
Annual ActivitiesAnnual Activities
One Day Event ;
Presentation Dinner & Dance;
Kent Challenge Cup (Sevenoaks & District League Winner v
Canterbury & District League Winner);
Strengths & WeaknessesStrengths & Weaknesses
Non-energetic sport that can be enjoyed by all genders with no
Well structured in terms of League Management within Kent;
Close unity between existing Leagues;
Social activity that can bring the local community together;
Mainly played by the older fraternity and needs to gain an
influx of youth to maintain its momentum;
Generally played in Beer Gardens that, unfortunately, are
currently prone to closure;
Regular alteration of Landlords breeds irregular interest in the
Our Common Goal …….Our Common Goal …….
Enjoyment whilst retainingEnjoyment whilst retaining
tradition within the Community!tradition within the Community!
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